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UberX Breaks Promise Not To Launch In Philadelphia

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author - About the author

You have to give Uber credit for taking its stance on thumbing its nose at regulations to new heights when on the same day it told the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) it has no intention of launching UberX in Philadelphia—it launched UberX in the city of Brotherly Love.

According to a Nov. 9 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Uber skirted its initial position citing a need for private transportation in the city because a major insurer of taxi cabs went out of business, leaving the city in a “real transportation emergency,” according to Uber spokesman, Taylor Bennett. Now that’s some brotherly love …

“That’s the problem with Uber. They have so much money they don’t care,” commented Steve Rhoads vice president of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association (PRLA) and president of Rhoads Limousine, Douglassville, Pa. “We know they are not going away, we just want a level playing field because we are subject to state and city regulations.”

Philadelphia Inquirer article here

 

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